• 05 Oct 2009 at 11:54 AM

When Larry Summers Wants A Diet Coke YOU’LL KNOW

larrysummers.jpgThe latest issue of the New Yorker has a story on Larry Summers and his back-up dancers, i.e. Obama’s economic team. Obviously when we talk about Summers, we talk about two things: his predilection for Diet Coke and for sleeping during important meetings. Concerning the former, what does the president’s top adviser do when he wants somea that in his bloodstream, ASAP? When he’s at the White House there’s a dedicated team of servant boys whose sole purpose is to stand very still against the wall at the back of Summer’s office, loaded turkey basters in hand.* At the slightest cock of an eyebrow, the boys know what to do. (Tim Geithner has also been tasked with the responsibility of collecting Summers’ tissue spunk for chemists to analyze how elevated LS’s testosterone levels are and using the data to track down to the minute when he might get a hankering for a hit.)
It’s when Summers ventures out of the comforts of the WH–his aides don’t travel with– that things get dicey. Some offices aren’t stocked with soft drinks. Some people he takes meetings with don’t know to look for facial cues. Some amateurs who maybe don’t want to see a recovery wait until it’s too late to get the big man what he needs.

Summers looked exhausted. The previous day, he hadn’t left the White House until after midnight, and he was up at dawn to make the flight to Detroit. As Granholm talked about layoffs, he eyed a bottle of soda on the table in front of her. Summers drinks many Diet Cokes a day, and he was badly in need of one. He got up, his shirttails peeking out from underneath his jacket, and shuffled over to a counter at the side of the room in search of a caffeinated beverage. All he found was an empty glass, which he carried back to his seat. The manufacturers took turns explaining their plight. Wes Smith, of E. & E. Manufacturing, argued that although the public hates bailouts, “helping manufacturing is popular.”
As they spoke, Summers caught [Governor Jennifer] Granholm’s attention and mimed a request for some of her soda. She moved the bottle closer to him, smiling. He drank quickly, but it didn’t help. He shifted his weight in his chair. He made jerky, shaking motions with his head. He ran a hand through his hair. Still, by the time Mario Sciberras, of Saline Lectronics, was speaking about what he would do with one of the new loans, Summers was asleep. This is something of a habit: he has fallen asleep in two public meetings–and, reportedly, one private meeting–with the President this year.

Obviously there’s no one to blame here but Jennifer. So what happened next? Was the entire meeting shot to shit? Was Summers out for the next hour? Did they have to go back over everything he missed during nap time? I think not.
*There’s no time to pop open a can or unscrew a top. They’re like a firing squad back there.

Yet, when Summers came alive in the Mayor’s office, he didn’t appear to have missed a thing.

Notice the author’s word choice here– Summers didn’t appear to have missed a thing. The truth is, he didn’t have a clue as to what was going on. For all he knew they’d spent the previous ten minutes discussing boob tassels. They could’ve and he still would’ve kept up. And why? Because what we’re dealing with here is a professional. Do you have any idea how many times this guy has fallen asleep on the job? Literally, thousands. We just know about the instances that have been captured on camera. At this point, he’s got the nod-head-vigorously chime-in-with-a-yes-yes-sure, and when in doubt seductively-finger-your-neck-folds-in-an-attempt-to-distract-everyone routine down pat. New Yorker, you’ve been had.

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  1. Posted by guest | October 5, 2009 at 12:02 PM

    Zzzzzzz

  2. Posted by guest | October 5, 2009 at 12:05 PM

    @1 i see what you did there.
    -ls

  3. Posted by guest | October 5, 2009 at 12:05 PM

    He’ staying up too late at night playing A-10 Warthog on his laptop.

  4. Posted by guest | October 5, 2009 at 12:06 PM

    when he came alive? was he dead at some pt during the meeting?

  5. Posted by guest | October 5, 2009 at 12:06 PM

    I just came all over my collie. MEEEEEEP!!!
    Mr. Dennis Kneale, Phd.

  6. Posted by guest | October 5, 2009 at 12:07 PM

    Larry to a 2-liter of DC: “It moved.”

  7. Posted by guest | October 5, 2009 at 12:11 PM

    “Soul purpose” – come on Beth

  8. Posted by Bess Levin | October 5, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    @8 you should work on leaving comments that aren’t so easily made irrelevant.

  9. Posted by guest | October 5, 2009 at 12:16 PM

    “soft drink erotica”
    nice

  10. Posted by guest | October 5, 2009 at 12:19 PM

    I never saw a bottle of coke I didn’t wanna fuck.
    -LS

  11. Posted by pfluger | October 5, 2009 at 12:20 PM

    He fell asleep because it was Granholm talking. LS believes females have no aptitude for numbers, math, or econ. He had no use for Granholm after she pushed the soda bottle toward him. He only wanted the soda.

  12. Posted by guest | October 5, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    The man has the moves of a jungle cat.
    -governor jen

  13. Posted by guest | October 5, 2009 at 12:23 PM

    Nappy Headed Ho?

  14. Posted by guest | October 5, 2009 at 12:24 PM

    @14
    Too soon.

  15. Posted by guest | October 5, 2009 at 12:25 PM

    @14 wtf? did you lose your looking for a don imus post? also, phluger, you have that exactly right. fuckin women, amiright?
    -LS

  16. Posted by guest | October 5, 2009 at 12:26 PM

    @14 try leaving a comment that relates to the post. thanks a bunch.

  17. Posted by guest | October 5, 2009 at 12:27 PM

    Too coon, didn’t nappy.

  18. Posted by Anal_yst | October 5, 2009 at 12:27 PM

    sounds like the guy aint used to working these kinda hours. man.up.

  19. Posted by guest | October 5, 2009 at 12:28 PM

    @18 dude, wtf?

  20. Posted by guest | October 5, 2009 at 12:28 PM

    perhaps the author would like to include the comment I gave for this story, which was “Jennifer Granholm can blow me.”
    -LS

  21. Posted by guest | October 5, 2009 at 12:30 PM

    This is why you need a dedicated snack team to travel with you at all times.
    -SC

  22. Posted by guest | October 5, 2009 at 12:32 PM

    Are we sure this guy is actually intelligent? Can he take a D.E. Shaw interview test live on TV, or something, for proof?

  23. Posted by guest | October 5, 2009 at 12:32 PM

    numbnuts@23 the ability to stay awake during a meeting has nothing to do with how intelligent you are.

  24. Posted by guest | October 5, 2009 at 12:36 PM

    24 = LS

  25. Posted by guest | October 5, 2009 at 12:38 PM

    @17 – Believe #14 was trying word play. “Nap” —almost like #17=douchebag.

  26. Posted by guest | October 5, 2009 at 12:41 PM

    @24
    Like fuck it doesn’t. How many times do you have to fall asleep during the middle of the day, at a fucking meeting no less, to realize you need to go to bed earlier?
    -numbnuts

  27. Posted by guest | October 5, 2009 at 12:47 PM

    @16 Can you write in English?
    Goddamn minorities…

  28. Posted by guest | October 5, 2009 at 12:50 PM

    Jägerbombs, baby. Boom. Done.
    -Jabroni Pony

  29. Posted by guest | October 5, 2009 at 12:58 PM

    Vitamin B-12 works pretty well at keeping me awake. And it’s pronounced “VY-ta-min” not “vitt-a- men”.

  30. Posted by guest | October 5, 2009 at 1:12 PM

    Bess,
    You. Typing. Boob. Tassels.
    Thank you.

  31. Posted by guest | October 5, 2009 at 1:25 PM

    At first glance I thought this was a story about a new Larry Kudlow coke diet.

  32. Posted by guest | October 5, 2009 at 2:04 PM

    32,
    Too soon.

  33. Posted by guest | October 5, 2009 at 2:04 PM

    @23 I see what you did there.

  34. Posted by guest | October 5, 2009 at 3:04 PM

    What kind of douche shows up to the White House without any socks?

  35. Posted by guest | October 5, 2009 at 4:48 PM

    that guy looks like he craps a couple pounds o’ bacon per night

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  38. Posted by Mike Stewart | April 19, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    The truth is, he didn’t have a clue as to what was going on. For all he knew they’d spent the previous ten minutes discussing boob tassels. They could’ve and he still would’ve kept up. And why? Because what we’re dealing with here is a professional

  39. Posted by Mark | May 31, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    This is something of a habit: he has fallen asleep in two public meetings–and, reportedly, one private meeting–with the President this year theslimmingsupermarket.co.uk